Friday, August 28, 2009

John Chrysostom: Scripture is our Patristic Inheritance

Shun the venom of wickedness, hate the baleful potions, and take great care to cling to the inheritance you received from the fathers, faith and instruction from the divine Scriptures.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 1 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, p. 34 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.

N.B. In context, "instruction from the divine Scriptures" simply means taking the statement "In the beginning God made heavens and earth" at literal face value, something the Manicheans apparently did not do.